Nov 10, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Florida Senate and governor races head to recounts

Bill Nelson,Rick Scott, Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis. Photos: Getty Images

Florida's secretary of state has ordered recounts of both the governor and senator races with candidates in each race within a half of a percentage point of each other, the AP reports.

The details: Florida, by law, must conduct a recount when results fall within the margin of error, the AP explains. Ron DeSantis, Republican candidate for governor currently leads the race with 49.6% of the vote while Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate, holds 49.2%. Rick Scott, current governor and candidate for senator, holds 50.1% of the vote in the Senate race while incumbent Senator Bill Nelson holds 49.9%.

Driving the news: President Trump accused Florida Democrats of attempting to fix the election in favor of Gillum and Nelson despite having no supporting evidence to back up his claim.

  • On Saturday, Trump responded to the recount, again accusing the elections of attempting to be stolen.
  • Scott filed a lawsuit against Broward County's supervisor of elections and accused officials of withholding information as the race tightened after he declared victory over Nelson.

What's next: The recount order applies to the entire state, so all 8,302,983 votes must be recounted over the next five days, the Miami Herald reports.

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